August 7, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

If you have decided to replace your air conditioner, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by your options. In recent years, cooling equipment has become significantly more efficient and increasingly advanced features are being incorporated into these appliances. There’s also an important rating system you should be aware of as you begin the selection process.

SEER rating

The first thing you should look at when selecting a new air conditioner is its SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating. This number basically represents the amount of cool air that your system can generate in proportion to how much electricitReplacing Your Air Conditioner? Key Features You Should Considery it takes to create that cool air. The higher the SEER number is, the more efficient your cooling equipment will be. (The minimum allowable SEER in a new central A/C is currently 13, and high-efficiency equipment starts between SEER 14 and 16.)

Two-stage cooling

Cooling systems with two-stage, or duel-stage, cooling utilize a compressor that can run on two levels of operation: high or low. When the heat gets excessive in the Twin Cities area, the air conditioner’s compressor will run on the higher setting. For the most part, however, your home should remain sufficiently comfortable while the compressor operates on low (around 75 percent capacity), requiring less energy to run.

Fan-only option

Finding a system with a fan-only option is a great way to reduce energy spending. When it’s hot, you will want to run your air conditioner. At night or during cooler periods of the summer, however, you may find that air circulation without the compressor operating is sufficient for your comfort needs.

Filter-check light

It is important to regularly check your system’s air filter and either clean or change it out. Unfortunately, we all live busy lives, and this essential task is all too often overlooked. A system equipped with a filter light will give you an automatic notification when it’s time to swap out or clean the filter. This will help your system run more effectively, control humidity better and help keep your indoor air clean.

For more expert advice on choosing air conditioning features and other matters related to home comfort, contact the professionals at Marsh Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the Twin Cities area since 1974.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about replacing your air conditioner and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning services Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Visit our website to schedule a free air check today!     

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